Crouse could soon face murder charge |

Crouse could soon face murder charge

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 02, 2021 09:42 AM
Created: April 02, 2021 09:39 AM

A man blamed for a deadly crash just off Exit 25 of the Northway could soon be facing a murder charge.

Skyler Crouse turned down an offer from prosecutors that would have sent him to prison for 15 to 20 years.

Prosecutors say he was driving more than 100 mph on the Northway back in September 2019, when police deployed stop strips. They say Crouse then crashed into a truck, killing the driver, Joseph Turcotte.

Right now, Crouse is charged with manslaughter and assault, but the District Attorney says the law has changed. Now, he plans to ask a grand jury to indict on a second-degree murder charge.

"My client maintains his innocence on all charges, but we feel that the case has been overcharged. We feel the District Attorney's intent to re-present to the Grand Jury on a murder charge is excessive, and I do not personally believe it is warranted under the facts of this case,” said H Dana VanHee, Crouse’s attorney. “By saying that, I in no way intend to diminish the tragedy that the victim and the victim’s family has suffered.”

The judge has scheduled the trial for June 7.

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